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The 47 Ronin (1941)

Genroku Chûshingura (original title)
In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »

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Chôjûrô Kawarasaki ...
Kan'emon Nakamura ...
Sukeimon Tomimori
Kunitarô Kawarazaki ...
Jurôzaemon Isogai
Yoshizaburo Arashi ...
Chôemon Bandô ...
Sôzaemon Hara
Sukezô Sukedakaya ...
Chûemon Yoshida
Kikunojo Segawa ...
Gengo Ootaka
Shotaro Ichikawa ...
Yahei Horibe
Enji Ichikawa ...
Tadashichi Takebayashi
Kikunosuke Ichikawa ...
Gengoemon Kataoka
Shinzô Yamazaki ...
Seimon Ooishi
Sensho Ichikawa ...
Matsunosuke Ooishi
Shoji Ichikawa ...
Magoemon Seo
Iwagoro Ichikawa ...
Fujiemon Hayamizu
Shinzaburo Ichikawa ...
Matanosuke Ushioda
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives the palace and lands from his clan, but does not punish Lod Kira. Lord Asano's vassals leave the land and his samurais become ronin and want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. But their leader Kuranosuke Oishi asks the Shogun to restore the Asano clan with his brother Daigaku Asano. One year later, the Shogun refuses his request and Oishi and forty-six ronin revenge their Lord. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Japanese Ministry of Information, under the militarist government, commissioned director Kenji Mizoguchi to make this film as a morale booster for the WWII war effort. But it was a commercial failure, being released in Japan one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The military and most audiences found the first part of the film to be too slow and serious. However, the studio and Mizoguchi both regarded it as so important that Part 2 was put into production, though Mizoguchi was forced to insert some close-ups of the stars which are totally absent from Part I. The film was finally shown in America in the 1970s. See more »

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From ~1:40 to ~1:44 an appropriate dialog sequence occurs starting with three men walking a path with one saying "Counselor, the decision has come" and ending with "we need have no fear." That same sequence is duplicated at ~2:22 to ~2:26 with the additional dialog at the end "I want you two to return to Edo at once and inform our brothers there that I will be arriving shortly." This duplicate is out of sequence with the story. See more »

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The Ako Vendetta of 1702
10 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nearly four hours long, this film can task even the most dedicated samurai viewer. It has some really good acting, but that is lost for most in the pace.

It is a tale of the famous Ako Vendetta of 1702. I do not know how historically accurate it is, but it does give a glimpse into Japan's history.

It also gives a glimpse of hara-kiri; the ritual suicide by slicing the stomach until the bowels spill out, then decapitation by a skilled swordsman.

You are better served in seeing director Kenji Mizoguchi in the classic Sansho the Bailiff.


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